Another Tibetan Buddhist nun sets herself on fire to protest China policies

Another Tibetan Buddhist nun sets herself on fire to protest China policies

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, CHINA, EASTERN ASIA: Another Tibetan Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Autonomous Region in Sichuan, China has set herself on fire outside the monastery where she was on retreat as a part of a string of ongoing self-immolation protests made against China’s continuing clamp down on indigenous Tibetans. 31-years of […]

French ban on Muslim women veils faces legal challenges

French ban on Muslim women veils faces legal challenges

Lisa Bryant for VOA – WNN Justice (WNN/VOA) Paris, FRANCE, WESTERN EUROPE: Two years after becoming law in France, a ban on face-covering Muslim veils is facing a pair of high-profile legal challenges.  The cases in French and European courts may force Paris to roll back the legislation and have ramifications elsewhere in Europe.   […]

CHINA: Tibetan celebrants face military violence on Dalai Lama’s birthday

CHINA: Tibetan celebrants face military violence on Dalai Lama’s birthday

WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Kandze Prefecture, Kham, Tawu County (Sichuan), PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, NORTH-EASTERN ASIA: A Tibetan monk was shot in the head and at least six other people were badly injured when witnesses from inside the region reported that Chinese security forces opened fire on Tibetans who had been offering prayers to […]

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Meredith Tax – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD) New York, N.Y. UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I have spent the last twenty years working on issues of women and religious censorship.  As a feminist activist in International PEN and then in Women’s WORLD, I couldn’t help noticing that increasing numbers of women writers were being targeted by […]

Egypt protests continue as Amnesty International says new constitution “fails”

Egypt protests continue as Amnesty International says new constitution “fails”

WNN Breaking (WNN/AI) Cairo, EGYPT: As protests continue on Tahrir Square in Cairo today, a draft constitution approved by Egypt’s Constituent Assembly falls well short of protecting human rights and, in particular, ignores the rights of women, restricts freedom of expression in the name of protecting religion, and allows for the military trial of civilians, […]

PAKISTAN: Advocates call for immediate release of girl charged with ‘Blasphemy’

PAKISTAN: Advocates call for immediate release of girl charged with ‘Blasphemy’

WNN Breaking (WNN/FIDH) Lahore, PAKISTAN / Paris, FRANCE: The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisation, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), are calling for the immediate release of Rimsha Masih, a 14 year-old Christian girl with learning difficulties  who has been arrested in Pakistan. She is currently being held in […]

Buddhist mother’s self-immolation death sparks growing concern for Tibetans in China

Buddhist mother’s self-immolation death sparks growing concern for Tibetans in China

Lys Anzia – WNN Breaking (WNN) Kanlho region, EASTERN TIBET, CHINA: Under increasing incidences of self-immolation over the last year with what advocates have called a “a widening area of Tibet,” a 26 year old mother named Dolkar Kyi set herself on fire Tuesday outside the Tso city Monastery in Kanlho, Eastern Tibet in what advocates […]

College women Tunisia have diverse opinions on Islamic dress

College women Tunisia have diverse opinions on Islamic dress

Lotfi Radhouane Chebil – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Tunis, TUNISIA: Recently at a university in Tunis, a female student approached her professor after class and told him that she had decided to wear the niqab, which covers the female body, face and head, to class. After some discussion on the topic, the professor said that he […]